The Dubai government has announced that it will cut down the price of COVID-19 tests in the emirate to AED 250, to encourage more people to be tested.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) approved the price adjustment of an elective Polymerase Chain Reaction nasal swab by over AED 100 on Sunday, September 13.
Now, Get a Swab Test in Dubai for Only AED 250
The decision follows the directive to all licensed public and private healthcare facilities offering PCR tests in Dubai to reduce costs and encourage more proactive medical examinations, The National reported.
In line with this, the authority stressed that it would spare no effort in combating COVID-19 to ensure the safety of society.
The move is a precautionary and preventive measure by the Dubai Health Authority, following a recent spike in the number of reported cases of the virus.
It also follows a similar move taken by the country’s largest healthcare provider Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, or Seha, to bring costs down from AED 370 to AED 250 across the emirate.
Seha announced the decision last week, which came into effect immediately across all its drive-through and walk-in test sites.
The PCR test can be used to enter Abu Dhabi from other emirates.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced earlier last week that a negative PCR or diffractive phase interferometry (DPI) laser test result from the previous 48 hours is required to enter the Emirati capital.
The UAE has conducted more than 8.1 million COVID-19 tests since the outbreak began as part of a mass screening strategy aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
Despite the country’s exemplary efforts in curbing the spread of the virus among communities, authorities are wary of a “second wave” of infection if residents will not effectively comply with the measures set by the government.
To help support the UAE government’s efforts in maintaining a relatively low number of new cases in local communities, residents are urged to recognize and abide by measures set in place. Otherwise, strict penalties and fines will be applied.